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This Friday marks the start of Philly Beer Week, which promises to be bigger and better than ever. This Saturday, we’ll kick it off by having a Beer by Bike event touring 5 of the city’s breweries. Details, as noted at the Beer Week site:
Join us Saturday morning for a citywide bicycle tour of five Philadelphia breweries. We’ll start at PBC and take a leisurely bike ride to Yards, Triumph, Nodding Head, and end at Dock St. This is a pay as you go event, so bring some cash to sample each brewery’s creations. All types of bicycles and skill levels are welcome, but helmets are required, and be sure to bring a lock to secure your bike. Please: no scooters, rollerblades, skateboards, or other fun forms of transportation! This is a bicycle only event.
The ride and registration begins at PBC, 2439 Amber St at 11am, and this ride will be limited to the first 100 people.
See you all at PBC this Saturday at 11am!!
I was unable to make this ride, unfortunately, so Stephen is providing this recap. Thanks for heading this ride up Stephen!!
The seven of us (John, Phil, Linda, Ellis, Stephen, Tim and Jared) departed about 40 minutes late as the Broad Street Run prevented some people from arriving on time to the meet-up spot. The ride out was fantastic, though, and with little incident (I even found a pair of cycling gloves!). It was pretty sunny and riding alongside rivers and creeks most of the way out to Phoenixville got us all talking about a dip on the way back. Although the Sly Fox event was basically in a strip mall parking lot, we found some grass to lounge in for the afternoon. The beer was abundant and the crowd in high spirits. A few of us took advantage of the adjacent Dairy Queen. The ride back included a quick swim in the Schuylkill near the Valley Forge park and none of the predicted rain. Two thumbs way up!
A fellow Beer by Biker is helping organize this event. It’s at the New Hope location of Triumph, but I think some of you will still be interested. Go, support a good cause, drink some delicious beer, and have fun! Its starts around 6pm or so
Championship Roller Racing*
Benefits the Young Survival Coalition**
Wednesday, February 24th
Triumph Brewing Company
400 Union Square
New Hope, PA 18938
So if you’re bummed about the ride not happening tomorrow, there is plenty going on this weekend instead.
Obviously there is the Gathering of the Gourds at Iron Hill in West Chester, which will happen without us.
Also on Saturday, there is Bloktoberfest. Looks like a great beer list, and sounds like a great time, rain or not.
On Sunday there is 2 awesome events going on, both raindates from last weekend’s washout. At 10am, get your mountain bike up to Pennypack Park and get ready to get muddy for the Pennypack’s Revenge Poker Run. I just rode up there for the first time this week, and it is a ton of fun. This is going to be an awesome race/ride/funtime.
After a hose down, head down to Dock St for the 2nd annual Biketoberfest. This year the price is more than reasonable, so you have no reason not to go.
If you plan your weekend well, you could very easily have an epic 2 day stretch of bikes, beer and awesomeness. Hopefully I’ll see you at some point this weekend, preferably with a beer in one hand and a bike in the other!
As of Friday night, it was looking like our ride might be rained out. Even Saturday morning, I was all ready to get drenched en route to the Art Museum , expecting to wait in vain for anyone to show up. But though the skies were ominous, the rain was holding off. So starting with two friends who met at my house, we snowballed across town, meeting several people at Honey’s, and more on Spring Garden St. By the time we left, we were 13 strong, ready to brave the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Camden streets.
Though the roads were bumpy, and there was one flat, the ride wasn’t really bad at all. A leisurely pace, traffic played nice with us, and before we knew it we were there. We were fortunate enough to have Chris Lapierre, the head brewer of the brewpub and cyclist, on the ride with us. Many thanks to him for several pitchers of his beer, and for a special tour of the brewery. Other than the tour, the highlight of the afternoon (for me at least) was when Chris shared a couple bottles of sour beers he was working on. I love sour beers, and both of these were delicious and complex.
The ride back was more of the same, only hotter. And there was no rain on either part of the ride. So it ended up being a great day. About a 30 mile ride, some great beer, and awesome views of the city. Lets do it again sometime!
This Saturday, August 1st, at 4pm, Trophy Bike Garage is hosting a benefit party to help make the first Hardcourt Bicycle Polo World Championships happen! There will be food, beer, raffle prizes, and general awesomeness. $10 will buy you a pint glass, $1 will buy you a raffle ticket. Learn more about it here: http://www.hardcourtbicyclepolofederation.com/events.html
Bryan over that The Brew Lounge, in his quest to help the General Lafayette Inn stay above water, is hosting a run this Sunday. (Well, he said walk and bike too, but I don’t see any further mention). If I wasn’t attending a wedding (and potentially recovering from the ride to Victory the day before) I would be there. But as I can’t be, you should go in my stead. The General Lafayette Inn was one of my favorite rides from last year, and I would love to see them continue in business and thrive. So go, with your running shoes, or your bike, and support your local brewpub. Especially your local brewpub at the end of an awesome bike path housed in an awesome 300 year old tavern house. Never been there? This is your chance, do it! And bring a growler!
Wow! I knew East End Brewing’s Pedal Pale ale ride was cool, but it sounds like it was an amazing event! The Bike Pgh Blog documents the ride. Over 500 riders this year! And I thought the Beer Week ride was big! I just might need to make the trek out there next year for this.
I’ve only been to East End Brewing once. Its really surprising that such a small brewery could host such a huge event.
Beer and bikes hooray!!
Thanks to Bike Hugger for bringing this to my attention.
There was 25 of us, starting and ending the day at Yards Brewery, with 3 stops in between . First we took a quite ride past some Chestnut Hill mansions to get to the General Lafayette Inn. We had a quick pint and got right back on the road for a hilly suburban ride to Iron Hill in North Wales. But this point I really needed the lunch and longer break. They were expecting us, and thankfully had a table waiting. A flight of their seasonal beers was a refreshing accompaniment to a filling and greasy fish and chips lunch.
We set out again after lunch, back towards the city. Not far into the ride, the beer made its way to my bladder, making this leg of the ride perhaps the most uncomfortable. I eventually had to pull over and relieve myself before getting to Manayunk Brewing Co. The beer at Manayunk was just barely drinkable, but the riverside deck was wonderful. From there, the group split up, as we all tried to drag our tired legs back across the city to Yards for some celebratory samples.
The weather was wonderful, the first real spring-like day, with highs in the 60’s (maybe even 70s?) and just enough cloud cover to keep the sun from beating us up. And as my first real big ride of the year, I couldn’t have asked for a better time!
Thanks to Foobooz for reminding me that I wanted to round up a list of my anticipated Beer Week events. I’ve spent my time on the site, and on the Brew Lounge’s very convenient spreadsheet, and Jonny and I met and schemed. I think I’ve come up with a reasonable list of my “must do” events.
Its a simple list really. I can’t afford to do it all, financially as well as time and liver health. But there are a handful that look really awesome.
- The bike rides. Duh! The “Le Philly Tour de Brew” on the 7th and the Beer of the Bike Brewery Bike ride on the 14th. They will fill up both of my Saturdays. I’ll be missing some other great events, but that’s how it goes.
- Vintage Beer Brunch at the Memphis Taproom, Sunday the 8th. This will be a recovery meal from the 60 mile ride the day before.
- Tuesday night out, March 10th. There is a couple things going on Tues night that I hope to get out to. Sadly, I’ll be missing the Randy Mosher course at Dock St, which sounds amazing. But I do hope to do a little pub-biking trip from the Avery Happy Hour at the Devils Den at 4pm, to Doobies at 5pm for a Voodoo meet the brewer, then end up at Triumph for a tutored cheese and beer paring (if there are tickets left, emails sent! score!).
- Thursday night Klash of the Kaisers at Triumph. I’m not a pilsner fanatic, but my good friend David is. We’ll be there.
- Zythos America. I don’t hear much about this event, but looking at the beer list, its quickly becoming my most anticipated event. $45 for 3 hours of possibly the best beer available in the US. Who wants in?